Don't Rush to Crush - 2nd Edition

Australia’s most comprehensive guide to giving oral medicines to people who have swallowing difficulties or an enteral feeding tube.

When giving tablets and capsules to patients who have difficulty swallowing or an enteral feeding tube, healthcare professionals need answers to these questions:

  • can I crush it?
  • can I disperse it?
  • can I open the capsule?
  • is there a liquid formulation?
  • can I give the injection orally?

Now the answers are available in SHPA’s the Australian Don’t Rush to Crush Handbook – options for people unable to swallow solid oral medicines.

Don't Rush to Crush is a comprehensive reference of over 550 medicines.

It is included in the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s list of essential references for pharmacy practice. 

This second edition has been expanded to include over 60 new medicines and all information in the first edition has been reviewed and updated.

It is available in hard copy from the SHPA Bookshop, or in electronic format through eMIMSCloud and AusDI.

Order your hard copy here or contact MIMS Client Services team on 1800 800 629 or AusDI sales on 1300 118 120

Don't Rush to Crush 2nd Edition Updates & New Monographs

SHPA welcomes feedback from those who use the Don’t Rush to Crush Handbook - nurses, pharmacists and others, about improvements in content and/or readability. Send your feedback to

Seeking volunteers to review the next edition of the Don’t Rush to Crush Handbook
An essential part of the Don’t Rush to Crush Handbook is that each monograph is read by nurses and pharmacists from different practice settings to ensure that information is conveyed clearly to avoid confusion. Reviewers are acknowledged with thanks in the introductory pages of the Don’t Rush to Crush Handbook. Participating in a review of the Don’t Rush to Crush Handbook may contribute to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. If you are willing to be involved in future monograph reviews, please email your contact details, level of experience and areas of interest to

Don't Rush to Crush third edition is out now →